Delhi could become a sign of where the country India is headed to. I hope the dreadful and violent events that occurred there do not get repeated in other parts of the country.
The question is whether the country will implement the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR). No one needs to fear CAA and NPR says Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. They are not going to throw out anyone from the country, he said after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shortly afterwards he had a meeting with Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President too.
The Congress and the NCP are miffed over Uddhav Thackeray's stand. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, recently said the Bihar government won't implement the NRC and the NPR. The Assembly has recently passed a resolution against the implementation of these two. We were caught off guard, said a BJP leader.
This is a sign of things to come. Shiv Sena is a regional party. It makes no bones about it. It had allied with the Congress and even with the Muslim League, and for a very short time it had an alliance with the Old Congress. Later the Shiv Sena supported the Emergency. Years later, when the BJP made its presence felt in Maharashtra it aligned with it, until recently. The last elections they had fought together but toppled the government led by the BJP and formed an alliance with Congress and NCP. In short, since 1966 when former noted cartoonist, Bal Thackeray of Free Press Journal formed the party, it has been in the practice of changing allies to suit its convenience. In a nutshell it has zero credibility and no ideology; very much like the Congress and Kerala Congress and its followers.
When it began Shiv Sena had a bad reputation. On the Congress' support and police compliance the Shiv Sena routed out the Communist party from its strongholds in textile mills in Bombay. The same trick they employed for key job posts against the South Indians. Then the Muslims became their main enemy. In this also the Congress had backed them. Then the Mumbai corporation, the richest corporation in India, they gained control of. That was the beginning of the rise of the Shiv Sena. Now it seems to be at crossroads.
The same can be said about most other regional parties. They need power and for it they will do anything. The Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has done it . Mayawati has done it. Karunanidhi and Jayalalthaa have done it. Kumarappa has done it. In Kerala NCP is an ally of the Communist led LDF : tomorrow whose ally it will be nobody knows. The same can be said about Sharad Pawar, who aspired for the PM's post; and Mamata Banerjee who was with the BJP government and against the Congress party. Power and pelf are more important than anything, aspirants will do very strange things and their cronies and supporters will vote for them. That has come to be Indian politics, a sad tragedy.
The BJP will do anything to bolster RSS's ideology which no Indian can approve of. The bonhomie of today's BJP supporters and sympathisers can't be trusted. One has to beware their moves.
This shows India's plight; we have to choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. For this we ourselves are to blame; for we pretend to be innocent voters but are as shrewd as our politicians. In short this shrewdness is to blame. Think of the situation in Delhi. Kejriwal has won a massive victory and the Congress has lost miserably. Violence has erupted and our politicians are blaming each other. We as citizens should have thought about the possibilities of our actions, prompted by revenge and self-interests brought us to this. This outrage happened at a time when Donald Trump was receiving the Indian government’s reception. The timing of the violence has not gone unnoticed by the citizens. That shows it was well planned. Who planned it is a matter of huge debate which will not end in the near future. Whatever it be, it has given us a very bad reputation which will be remembered for decades.
The whole problem could have been avoided if the government hadn't moved these bills; also, probably if the police had been more active and not allowed matters to escalate. Amit Shah, Home Minister did not do anything that should have been done. No doubt about that. Hopes for more votes from the people should not drive one community against the other. People are not fools.
What the country needs are political parties with a firm stand on matters. Unlike the Congress which has not had any principles or ideology, we ought to have parties which have something to talk of. Crony capitalism is not what we should have. Winning the polls should not be the ‘be all and end all’ of our parties.
(The facts and views expressed in the article are that of the author)